Chilling

Flight 447's Perilous Path

Recently released meteorological data provides a chilling illustration of how Flight 447 flew directly into the heart of a tropical storm just before it crashed, killing all 228 passengers on board. The Atlantic's James Fallows, himself a former pilot, examines the data, which matches up the Air France plane's flight path with meteorological data from the time of the crash. Yet many mysteries remain. For one, why did the plane fly into the raging storm? Also, what caused the crash? Planes frequently pass through such storms relatively unscathed. Fallows presents a few theories, but the questions may remain unanswered unless Flight 447's black box is found on the bottom of the sea.